Payton Baggett Reporting
With the increasing number of residents participating in the exercise phenomenon known as CrossFit, Clarksville will gain a new facility specializing in this type of exercise with the grand opening of Screaming Eagle CrossFit this weekend.
Earlier this year, owner and head coach of the new gym, David Hippensteel won the CrossFit Open in his Master’s Division, a worldwide competition that has grown in recent years to challenge over 130,000 competitors to complete five intense workouts over a period of five days.
David’s daughter, Heather Hippensteel, is a CrossFit success in her own right, winning first place in the team division of the 2013 CrossFit Games with her teammate Lauren Fisher. Heather will be at the event this weekend, along with Jonathan Hippensteel, David’s triathelete son, who will be giving a clinic at the gym on June 16.
The new business offers exercise options for individuals of all skill levels, which will offer people the “same movements but scaled to their ability at the time,” according to David Hippensteel. He also describes the practice of CrossFit as a “community of people helping each other stay fit,” providing “something that everyone can enjoy.”
The opening event on Saturday, June 15, will be known as the “Daggered Dozen Competition,” with individual and team divisions for men and women of both beginner and advanced level CrossFit experience. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., and at 9:00 a.m. the completion itself will begin. No specific registration fee will be required, though participants are encouraged to give donations which will go to Task Force Dagger, a foundation that aids injured soldiers and their families.
Screaming Eagle CrossFit is located at 1400 Corporate Parkway Blvd. in Clarksville.